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A.G. Schneiderman: Boxing Promoter pleads guilty after letting 16 year old fight adult man
ALBANY -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced two guilty pleas by David Archambault for promoting and hosting one unlicensed amateur boxing match in Lake George and another in Saratoga Springs.
In the Saratoga Springs event, Archambault pitted a 16-year-old boy against a 34-year-old man. The teen was knocked out in 15 seconds in a ring.
No doctors were on hand at either event. State regulation and USA Boxing rules require it.
The 39 year old pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count under the state’s unconsolidated laws in each case, one in the Lake George Town Court today and the other in the Saratoga Springs’ City Court on Tuesday.
“Unlicensed and unsanctioned amateur fights are illegal and dangerous. We have laws on the books to ensure that potentially dangerous sporting events, like boxing, are as safe as possible. My office will enforce these laws,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.
Under the plea deal, he's barred from hosting or participating in any boxing boxing events in the next year. He faces up to a year behind bars if he violates it. He also must perform a 100 hours of community servie.
Archambault owns and operates Wild Child Productions and Iron Fists MMA out of his Fort Edward home.
He hosted an amateur boxing and martial arts event in April 2011 at the Knights of Columbus in Saratoga Springs. He failed to obtain a license from USA Boxing to host the event. He also failed to follow clear safety rules set out by the New York State Athletic Commission and USA Boxing.
According to federation regulations, a 16-year-old should only be allowed to box against fighters who are 16 or 17 years of age.